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Old 06-08-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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I have a rental house that I have a family in, they have been there since January.

I have been very accommodating about the rent being late each month, waiving late fees b/c I know times are tough. I even allowed them to keep the utilities in my name until they could have them switched. Heck, I even lowered the rent to help them out, it doesn't even cover my mortgage now. But I know they try and felt as if it was the right thing to do.

Our old neighbor just told me that they have just brought TWO dogs there without our knowledge! Our lease was specific about a pet deposit and notification that they were bringing them home. We required a 250.00 per pet deposit. If you add that to the amount they owe us for other things are already we are at 2000 plus dollars!

I am so frustrated. I am not sure if I should begin the process of evicting them or what. I KNOW they will not pay me if I kick them out, I will never see that money. We had a deal that I would look for new tenants and he would look for a new place, but he has since been laid off and says he cannot afford to move. Now he is breaking the terms of the lease...what a mess.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Sounds like it's time to step up and be a land lord. You've been accommodating and now it's threatening to start infringing on your finances...let alone the intangible mess of just walking all over you as the owner.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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Sounds like it's time to step up and be a land lord. You've been accommodating and now it's threatening to start infringing on your finances...let alone the intangible mess of just walking all over you as the owner.

I have to say you are right.

So many people told me that if you let these things go once, that people will run with it. I THOUGHT I was doing the right thing, now I have learned my lesson.

I just called my lawyer to see what we need to do...so we shall see. I feel bad that I will have to do that, but I cannot allow them to continue using us either.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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And I know the utilities issue was very risky.

I only did that because he agreed to pay me cash upfront because the deposit was so huge and he was waiting on a bonus of some sort.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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Fire your tenant now!
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I am so sorry. I agree with Steve. You are gonna have to take action. Pretty sad that the old adage is correct - "Give 'em an inch - and they'll take a mile."

You have bent over backwards, it sounds to me . . . don't let this make you feel "bad" about their situation. If they have money to feed two dogs on top of their own groceries (plus vet care, etc) they should be paying you the rent.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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I am afraid your tenants are taking advantage of your kindness. I have been a landlord for a # of years and found Ani's adage is correct!
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Drop the hammer!
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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You ARE being taken to the cleaners and back....especailly when they brought in those dogs. I hope for the time being that they are being kept outside, but with the "give an inch - take a mile" crowd...my bet is that they are in the house. You really need to do something right now...before the house is trashed. Better to lose a little right now.....than a lot later on. I do think the eviction laws are in their favor....perhaps someone may know exactly what you need to do. By any chance did you do a background check on this family? There are families that go from house to house....that live off of good hearted people...especially the very trusting kind. Good Luck....I will be thinking about you and your situation in the coming days.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Here and There
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I have a rental house that I have a family in, they have been there since January.

I have been very accommodating about the rent being late each month, waiving late fees b/c I know times are tough. I even allowed them to keep the utilities in my name until they could have them switched. Heck, I even lowered the rent to help them out, it doesn't even cover my mortgage now. But I know they try and felt as if it was the right thing to do.

Our old neighbor just told me that they have just brought TWO dogs there without our knowledge! Our lease was specific about a pet deposit and notification that they were bringing them home. We required a 250.00 per pet deposit. If you add that to the amount they owe us for other things are already we are at 2000 plus dollars!

I am so frustrated. I am not sure if I should begin the process of evicting them or what. I KNOW they will not pay me if I kick them out, I will never see that money. We had a deal that I would look for new tenants and he would look for a new place, but he has since been laid off and says he cannot afford to move. Now he is breaking the terms of the lease...what a mess.
I guess they can afford to care for and feed TWO dogs, but can't pay their rent? I am glad you contacted your attorney, your good nature is being taken advantage of!
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